November was the last photography club meeting at the Havre de Grace Library for this year, so the theme was Your Favorite Shots from 2011. Here are my entries in the order that they were taken. I tried to select pictures that were technically good, not just ones that had special meaning to me. I tried to avoid pictures that I had shown to the group before.
I like this picture of Joan (human) and Tish (horse) because of their similarities. Joan’s hair and Tish’s forelock are similar in color, they’re both wearing their St. Patrick’s Day glasses and head boppers, and their eyes are closed. It’s also clear that they are enjoying themselves.
I was on a bird walk (drive, actually) when the driver spotted this Great Egret with a fish. We all jumped out of the car and I took this picture in the rain. In just a few seconds the fish was gone. This is my first picture of a bird with a fish.
I like this picture because the balloon is luminous. This was taken during the Preakness festivities, and I went up in the balloon earlier in the day.
The USS Constellation and some other ships are on display in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. I used a long exposure to make the water smooth. The spotlight on the mast, the reflections in the water, and the lights in the distant building are repeated vertical lines.
I get a lot of comments on this picture. It’s another long exposure, this time of two rides at the Havre de Grace 4th of July carnival. I like how the distant ride serves as a counter-point to the big Ferris wheel. This was chosen as the favorite of my set.
A group of photographers had come to the farm to take pictures. I spotted Sweet Pea under cover with only her face in the sun. I started to grumble when she walked out, but I like this shot better. Her coloring really stands out against the dark background.
This picture is from a photo walk in Washington, DC. This is the roof of the National Gallery of Art, East. I like the geometry, depth, and abstractness, plus it looks like the roof of a modern art gallery.
An insane Great Blue Heron decided he would land on a big cable stretching across the river. (I think he was jealous of the attention that the Bald Eagles were getting.) After about 40 seconds he decided to take off. I like the action and the detail in the feathers.
Jim Goldstein on Google+ decided to create a page where photographers could post their 10 favorite pictures of the year. Here are the two that I added to my original 8. Both were taken after the library meeting.
The Greenway Trail extends from the Conowingo Dam alongside the Susquehanna River and into Susquehanna State Park. I liked how the sun illuminated the scene, so I converted the picture into black and white.
I bought myself a 90mm macro lens as an early Christmas present. One of my first subjects was a pot of paperwhite narcissus. Each blossom is only about 1.25 inches across.